Career Readiness and Cross-Sector Competencies

A new white paper from America Achieves focuses on the role cross-sector competencies play in career readiness. Getting Real about Career Readiness: A Focus on Cross-Sector Competencies is the first in a series of multi-media white papers from America Achieves Educator Networks on promising education practices for preparing students for the changing world of work. Read more about Career Readiness and Cross-Sector Competencies[…]

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Social and Emotional Learning: A Teacher’s-Eye View

In partnership with NoVo Foundation, Education First is pleased to launch a new website and video series on teacher practices to support social and emotional learning (SEL). This is an exciting moment for SEL. Yet as the field learns more about how students learn the social and emotional skills necessary to succeed in school and Read more about Social and Emotional Learning: A Teacher’s-Eye View[…]

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Evidence for Student-Centered Learning

For the past 35 years, the prevailing narrative about America’s public education system is that it is “broken.” Reform efforts have failed to find a fix because they fundamentally misunderstand this reality: the system is not broken. It is doing exactly what it was designed to do-educate the masses in a standardized fashion that completely Read more about Evidence for Student-Centered Learning[…]

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Social & Emotional Learning: Looking Back, Aiming Forward

Social emotional learning (SEL) holds great potential for improving learning and college and career-ready outcomes for all students. But there is much work to do to ensure that high-quality, integrated SEL is present in a meaningful and asset-based manner in all schools. How should funders and other SEL supporters invest their resources to make the greatest Read more about Social & Emotional Learning: Looking Back, Aiming Forward[…]

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August Issue Brief: Social & Emotional Learning

Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process by which children and adults learn to understand and manage emotions, maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. With research pointing to both immediate and long-lasting effects of attention to student social and emotional learning in schools, states and districts are working to integrate SEL into evaluation Read more about August Issue Brief: Social & Emotional Learning[…]

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SEL Programs have Long-term Impact

Social and emotional learning (SEL) programs, which previously have been shown to immediately improve mental health, social skills, and academic achievement, continue to benefit students for months and even years to come, according to new research (Promoting Positive Youth Development Through School-Based Social and Emotional Learning Interventions: A Meta-Analysis of Follow-Up Effects) from the Collaborative Read more about SEL Programs have Long-term Impact[…]

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Skills for Today: What We Know about Teaching and Assessing Collaboration

Education researchers at Pearson teamed up with the Partnership for 21st Century Learning (P21) to conduct a review of the research literature on the importance of collaboration skills for employers, as well as how to teach and assess these skills in K-12 and higher-education classrooms. The ability to work in teams is one of the Read more about Skills for Today: What We Know about Teaching and Assessing Collaboration[…]

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Early Results in California’s CORE Districts

As states and districts work to develop new accountability systems under the Every Student Succeeds Act, six California districts who received federal waivers under the Obama administration are getting the first hints of how more holistic accountability systems might work. Researchers and district officials discussed the first evaluations of the California Office to Reform Education, Read more about Early Results in California’s CORE Districts[…]

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CASEL Guidance, Tools and Resources for SEL

The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning  (CASEL) has published a vast set of online guidance and practical tools to help school districts and schools systemically implement practices that promote social and emotional learning (SEL). The SEL District Resource Center includes more than 500 resources that address priorities from setting a vision, to aligning Read more about CASEL Guidance, Tools and Resources for SEL[…]

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How Are Middle School Climate and Academic Performance Related Across Schools

Schools with a more positive student-reported climate had higher academic achievement in English language arts and mathematics than schools with a less positive climate, according to a new study from Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) West. While there is widespread consensus that positive school climate leads to higher academic performance, most of the research has compared Read more about How Are Middle School Climate and Academic Performance Related Across Schools[…]

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Why States Should Focus More on School Climate Under ESSA

Under the Every Student Succeeds Act, states are allowed to include at least one non-academic indicator of school quality or student success within their accountability systems. The law lays out several possibilities: student engagement, educator engagement, student access to–and completion of–advanced coursework, postsecondary readiness, and school climate. In a new essay, professors Amity Noltemeyer and Read more about Why States Should Focus More on School Climate Under ESSA[…]

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Really Ready: Preparing ALL Middle and High School Students for College, Work and Life

What does it mean to be really ready for college, work, and life? The staff at Getting Smart worked with Apex Learning to publish Really Ready: Preparing ALL Middle and High School Students for College, Work and Life. The report finds that there is a direct connection between increasing graduation rates and student readiness. Students Read more about Really Ready: Preparing ALL Middle and High School Students for College, Work and Life[…]

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Becoming Brilliant: Reimagining Education for our Time

Becoming Brilliant, a new book by Kathy Hirsh-Pasek and Roberta Michnick Golinkoff explores the definition of brilliance in the modern information age. Below, excerpts from a post in the Brookings Blog provide an overview of this new way of thinking: The amount of knowledge available in books and online is doubling every two and a Read more about Becoming Brilliant: Reimagining Education for our Time[…]

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Core Education Issue Brief: Non-Cognitive Skills

They are called non-cognitive skills, skills for success, soft skills, or social-emotional learning skills. These are the elusive student abilities to persevere, collaborate, make decisions, communicate, and exhibit agency, self-discipline, self-direction and conscientiousness. Employers tell us that these skills are essential for success in the workforce, and researchers are reporting that students who have developed Read more about Core Education Issue Brief: Non-Cognitive Skills[…]

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What Exactly is a Non-Academic Indicator?

In the American Youth Policy Forum,  Jennifer Brown Lerner writes a thoughtful piece about the terminology that the education sector is using to refer to ESSA’s fifth indicator, the “non-academic” indicator. The language in the legislation names student engagement; educator engagement; access to and completion of advanced coursework; postsecondary readiness; school climate and safety as Read more about What Exactly is a Non-Academic Indicator?[…]

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Nonacademic Skills – The Building Blocks for Learning

Brooke Stafford-Brizard, an adviser for Turnaround for Children, recently created a student-development framework for nonacademic skills. Building Blocks for Learning is grounded in the concept that, like academic skills, nonacademic skills are developmental and can be taught. This resource serves to guide practitioners at all levels, informing teacher-student relationships, classroom instruction, and school design. Policymakers at Read more about Nonacademic Skills – The Building Blocks for Learning[…]

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